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Nov 5, 2012

Red Cross says Cuba battered by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy tore through Cuba last week causing severe damage to infrastructure and crops; sixty percent of the population has been affected and over one hundred and thirty thousand families experienced disrepair to their homes. Substantial relief support is needed for Cuba and the Belize Red Cross is launching a relief appeal to assist its sister countries in raising the over eleven point six million dollars needed to two hundred tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba which will include shelter and family kits. News Five spoke with Executive Director of Red Cross, Lily Bowman who says that the appeal will be opened for one month.

 

Lily Bowman, Executive Director, Red Cross Belize

Lily Bowman

“After receiving a press release from our federation, we thought about helping out the Caribbean on the impact that hurricane Sandy had. The devastation in Cuba is tremendous; over sixty percent of the population was affected and of course Santiago had one of the biggest impacts on their infrastructure and crops. We are looking at loss somewhere around five million U.S. dollars. The federation as it does always has of course launched an appeal and is asking its sister countries from the Caribbean to do the same to help out these national societies to assist the people in the Caribbean especially Cuba. The Belize Red Cross has decide to launch a one month appeal for monetary contributions of course because we are not looking to ship anything out—it’s going to be too short of time and too expensive. If we could get contributors bringing in their cheques or donations into the Red Cross Office on Gabourel Lane.”

 

A Red Cross Disaster Appeal account is available at any one of the five banks located in the country.

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7 Responses for “Red Cross says Cuba battered by Hurricane Sandy”

  1. verymad says:

    And what Cuba will do with the money? Go to the U.S. A. And do some shopping? Of course when you send help specially to Cuba send grocerys and suplys.!!!! If it is too expensive to ship then dont help. Or take some cash from the same donations.

  2. CheGuevera says:

    RE very mad.

    Cuba has the lowest crime rate in the region. You can walk the streets of Havana day or night without fear. There is no drug problem in Cuba because there are no drugs,
    Everyone in Cuba can read and write and has a job. There are no crackheads breaking into houses nor are the youth hanging on the streets all day smoking weed. The only people with guns are the police. You are responsible for your family and family comes fist in Cuban society.
    The poorest of Cubans live in homes better than most homes on the South side.

    Before you judge a culture maybe you should look at what they are doing right and what we are doing wrong. They are our neighbors and have been hit by a disaster. Just because they’re political views are different, doesn’t mean they are not human and deserve some compassion.

    To tell people not to help because Cubans want to use the money to go shopping in the USA is callous and ignorant.

  3. GOB senseless says:

    This is where GOB should spend $20K. This is where diplomacy matters.

    Not to some Guat who is plundering our children’s future!

  4. Name Withheld says:

    I don’t trust those institutions that claims to help needy or destitute people, you always hear about this foundation and that foundation that is/are collecting donation to benefits this group of people or that group of people… I know for a fact that most of them pocket the money/monies for themselves. It’s a known fact that less than 85% of donation collected by foundations reaches the people they claim that they are collecting the money for.

    Look at the names and the title of the people that heads those collecting institutions they are the well to do Belizeans (a bunch of thieving snubs) collecting and pocketing the money for themselves, look how they treat poor people here in Belize.

    Look at the foundation that a foreigner and a certain politician’s wife heads they claimed to have collected/raised well over 1 million US Dollars I wonder what have become of the cancer center that they were building for the needy Belizean Children?

    Only in Belize my friends only in Belize you can out rightly conned the people boast about how much money/monies you’ve raised for a public purpose and squander the money and don’t have to account for the money; but the world turns around …what goes around comes around!!!!

  5. Name Withheld says:

    @ CheGuevera I believe what verymad is saying is that one should be able to donate food stuff and if the Red Cross really wants to help they can use monetary donations to ship the food stuff… BUT members of the red cross cannot use food stuff to go shopping in USA for the Christmas… that is why they are requesting monetary contributions and I quite agree with him if they want to help they can use a portion of the money collected/donated to pay for the shipment of the goods or better yet they can solicit the help of a shipping agency to partnered with them and bore/bear a portion of the shipping cost… but that is not in the interest of the Red Cross they want money in their pockets for Christmas Shopping bunch of hypocrites!!!!

  6. Seletar says:

    I understand why the Red Cross can legitimately prefer cash donations over food and other things, because cash is easier to move and to apply to exactly what is needed. I also understand why regular Belizeans may not trust the Red Cross or any charity, because we see corruption every single day, and tax money and SSB money and donated money disappears like smoke at the hands of people entrusted with it. Who can a person trust here? It’s sad that it has come to that realization for so many of us. Every nation has that kind of corruption, but in the Jewel, NOBODY is ever charged or convicted for it. They take us for fools, and a lot of us are tired of that.

    I guess Red Cross and other valid charities need to find a way to separate themselves from that wide perception, and demonstrate that they are transparent and honest.

  7. northernconcern says:

    These red-cross business is becoming doubtful…..

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